September 5th


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1885

137 years ago

The first gasoline pump was invented and sold by Sylvanus Bowser in Fort Wayne, Indiana Read more…

1896

126 years ago

The first race held on a track in the U Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The Packard Motor Car Company Board of Directors approved a plan to relocate from Warren, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan, US Read more…

1916

106 years ago

Barney Oldfield set a closed-circuit speed record of 112 Read more…

1926

96 years ago

Louis Charavel ‘Sabipa’ in a Bugatti T39A won the Italian Grand Prix run over 60 laps of the 10 km circuit at Monza Read more…

1928

94 years ago

Figures released showed that an average of three people a day died on London’s roads from April to June in this year Read more…

1930

92 years ago

Cross-country trips were no longer considered big news in 1930, but Charles Creighton and James Hargis’ unique journey managed to make headlines Read more…

1942

80 years ago

RAF Captain F W Hartman, a partner of Lendrum & Hartman, sole concessionaires for Buicks in Great Britain, was killed in combat Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Curtis Turner bagged the doubleheader at North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Carolina, US Turner won the opener from the pole Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Ferrari made its Grand Prix debut finishing third at the Italian Grand Prix in Turin behind an Alfa Romeo and a Maserati Read more…

1953

69 years ago

F W Wilcox competed without success in the Brighton (England) Speed Trial in the Swansean Spitfire Special powered by a 27-litre Rolls Royce Merlin engine, the largest car to ever appear at the venue Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Juan Manuel Fangio won the Italian Grand Prix for Mercedes, in a race that lasted nearly 3 hours, from the Ferrari trio of Mike Hawthorn, Umberto Maglioli and Frolian Gonzalez Read more…

1955

67 years ago

In his fourth start since returning from injuries suffered at Charlotte in May, Herb Thomas drove to victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington, South Carolina, US Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Curtis Turner edged teammate Joe Weatherly for a Convertible Series victory in the first NASCAR race held at McCormick Field, currently the home of the Asheville (North Carolina, US) Tourists minor-league baseball team Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Jean Herbert driving the Renault Etoile Filante (Shooting Star) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, US set a land speed record for turbine-powered cars of 195 mph Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The New York Times writer Gilbert Millstein gave a rave review to “On the Road,” the second novel (hardly anyone had read the first) by a 35-year-old Columbia dropout named Jack Kerouac Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Mechanics Paul McDuffe and Charles Sweatland along with race official Joe Taylor were killed when two cars crashed into the pit area during a NASCAR race in Darlington, South Carolina, US Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Aircraft mechanic Joe Dudek brought his 17-foot-long, 667 Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Jochen Rindt (28) lost his life in an accident during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza Read more…

1971

51 years ago

At the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, only 0 Read more…

1976

46 years ago

James Hunt used a weekend off in his successful title campaign to race in the Formula Atlantic series in Canada at Trois Rivieres Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Daimler-Benz AG executive Hans-Martin Schleyer was kidnapped by the so-called Baader-Meinhof terrorists Read more…

1980

42 years ago

The St Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Lee Iococca announced he would retire as Chairman of the Chrysler Corporation at the end of the year Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Mark Martin racked up his fourth straight victory with a win in the rain-delayed Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina (US) Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Elliott Sadler won the inaugural Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway (US) Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Powered by a 3-litre 500 hp turbocharged liquid-cooled V-4 that was built from the ground up specifically for taking the land speed record, the BUB Seven became the first two-wheeled streamliner to break 350 mph Read more…

2008

14 years ago

A road in Lancaster, California was paved with grooves, at the request of Honda’s Santa Monica advertising agency, so that cars passing over them would hear a rendition of Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture’ Read more…

2017

5 years ago

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland plans to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, eight years earlier than under proposals set out by the London government Read more…

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